But, that isn't the Monday disappointment. There was an advertisement that was nicely done for a "Sea Life Center" at Port Isabel (just across the big bad bridge to SPI), LOL. Since we are such ocean/sea lovers, we decided to visit. It would be a good donation ($3.00 per person) and should make for an interesting hour or so. . . so we thought. . . We were wrong. It was very amateurish, in our opinion. Our kids were both in 4-H and had exhibits at the McLean County Fair and this place reminded me of something that would have been done for a 4-H exhibit, although we would have never accepted such poor workmanship of our kids (we were pretty demanding of high performance where our kids were concerned). Most of the "containers" were just large "water troughs" and the pictures of people handling the creatures didn't happen, at least while we were there. It was also supposed to be things found in the area and several of the exhibits were not even from the Gulf of Mexico, let alone local. So although we did take some pictures, we were out of there in about 15 minutes and were very disappointed.
This iguana was a released pet that almost froze one winter, so he was rescued and spends his days here where at least he's being taken care of.
Very blurry picture of the skate and a puffer fish, because it was a round water tank and they were by the water intake valve, so the water was moving.
That's it. . . I didn't bother to take any of the aquarium pictures or labels because I didn't think they were worth taking pictures of.
We suspect this was the case of a family with aquariums or things they collected and wanted to keep (we've done that before, no complaint there) and they decided they could make a few bucks off their endeavors if they opened their "collection" to the public. I will give them credit, though, that the tanks etc. were all clean and the animals appeared to be well fed and as well taken care of as the people knew how to take care of them. It's just my opinion, if you are going to keep animals like this you need to know all you possibly can about them (such as the seahorse situation). There is a fix or cure and I was saddened to see that they either didn't know or weren't able to solve the problem.
So, after leaving the Sea Life Center we drove back towards Brownsville to visit a huge gift shop we had seen on the way in. It was in the middle of NOWHERE but it was big and flashy and I wanted to go there, LOL. This is what it looks like from down the road.